Happy 102nd birthday, Dora!
THEY call her Dora the Explorer but it’s only a fairly recent nickname.
Fact is, Dora Maltas was around a century or so before the popular kids’ cartoon character.
Mrs Maltas celebrated her 102nd birthday yesterday at St Augustine’s Nursing Home.
Surrounded by friends and family and a cake big enough to feed an army, Mrs Maltas smiled and swayed to the music played in her honour as she enjoyed this significant milestone.
“She’s always been a hard worker,” her niece Rita MacCallum said. “When she was 12 she started work as a service maid in a huge house for people who owned a brewery, she was called a ‘tweeny maid’.
“We came from a poor family, her mother worked extremely hard to support five children.”
Mrs Maltas married a soldier in her 20s and went on to have a daughter and a granddaughter, who both sadly passed away some years ago.
Now, living in Coffs Harbour, she spends her days with her friends at the nursing home and her family.
“Everyone just loves her here, she’s so popular and she has such a lovely sense of humour,” Mrs MacCallum said.
“She never drank and she never smoked – and she never worries about anything. I think that’s what’s kept her going so long. She lets everything just go over her head, it’s amazing.”